House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said Republicans must justify the relevance of witnesses they want to call in public hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
In a letter to Rep. Devin Nunes, Schiff outlined questions that will be used to weigh whether a witness’s testimony would be relevant.
From The Hill:
Among the questions are whether President Trump requested “that a foreign leader and government initiate investigations to benefit the President’s personal political interests” and if he sought to use his office “to apply pressure on the head of state and government of Ukraine to advance the President’s personal political interests,” including leveraging an Oval Office meeting or millions of dollars in military aid.
The Chairman added that witnesses must speak to whether Trump or administration officials sought to obstruct or cover up any evidence regarding his actions.
Republicans must submit their witness requests to Schiff by Saturday.
On Wednesday, House Dems announced they will hold their first public impeachment hearings next week.
Schiff said that William Taylor, U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, and George Kent, a State Department official, will testify on Wednesday. Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is expected to testify on Nov. 15.
House Intelligence, Oversight and Reform, and Foreign Affairs committees have already conducted several interviews behind closed doors.
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